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PFI attacks ExperTox’s reputation. ExperTox stands by findings.
â€œThrough our contacts in Texas, which is where the lab is located that conducted the analysis, we have learned there is genuine concern among key toxicological and analytical experts about the lab and the actual test results,â€ Gallagher said.
The Lab Manager for ExperTox told us today that her company stands by its finding.
Expertoxâ€™s Donna Coneley also said she doesnâ€™t have any idea what Texas experts Gallagher and PFI are talking about.
â€œThey never name the experts theyâ€™re working with,â€ Coneley said. â€œWhen someone says â€˜people I know say this,â€™ it sounds to me like theyâ€™re trying to say there are experts who have looked into this and donâ€™t agree with the findings. But I donâ€™t believe there are.
â€œTo me, it sounds like theyâ€™re talking about imaginary experts,â€ Coneley said.
Coneley said the only experts her lab has worked with about the findings are those with the FDA. In fact, she told us she had the FDA on another line during our interview today.
â€œThe pet food manufacturing companies have had ten-minute discussions with us about how we did our tests,â€ she said. â€œBut theyâ€™re not experts.
Union of Concerned Scientists says FDA is not taking scientific concerns seriously:
The FDA mission statement calls for “helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.” Unfortunately, scientists at the agency are concerned that science no longer plays this crucial role in the FDAâ€™s regulatory decisions.
Independent science must be the driving force for decisions made by the FDA. Based on the survey responses from FDA scientists, it is clear that the agency needs to demonstrate a greater respect for independent science and improve both the transparency and accountability of its decisions.
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